Tapentadol is a synthetic opioid pain medication that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The medication comes in the form of an oral tablet and is available in several different strengths, including 100mg.
Tapentadol works by binding to specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord, known as mu-opioid receptors. This binding action helps to reduce the perception of pain and can also produce feelings of pleasure and relaxation.
One of the benefits of Tapentadol is its dual mechanism of action. In addition to binding to mu-opioid receptors, the medication also works by inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in pain perception. This dual mechanism of action may make Tapentadol more effective at treating certain types of pain than traditional opioids that only target mu-opioid receptors.